Our ever-growing lipstick collection is packed with plenty of splurge-y picks, but if there’s one thing we love in a beauty buy, it’s a shockingly low price tag. There are areas in which we’ll admit we like to play it safe (skin care, for one), but when it comes to lipstick, we’ll try anything once. These 6 affordable picks are ones we find ourselves reaching for again and again, and it’s a true testament to the fact that the best drugstore lipstick can be just as good as something three times its price.
The brand is known for consistently delivering high-quality makeup at totally reasonable prices, so we can’t say we’re exactly surprised that NYX Butter Lipstick is a major winner and a favorite of mine. Each and every one of the 21 vibrant shades is packed with pigment and glides on like—you guessed it—butter.
With a luxurious creamy feel thanks to honey nectar, and 52 richly colored shades, Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Color has certainly earned its position at the very top of its class. The color goes on sharp and true, and really stays that way without fading throughout the day.
True to its “HD” claim, Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick is noteworthy for its bright, gorgeous colors and lightweight application. The innovative gel formula leaves a shiny, hydrated finish behind, so it looks as good as it feels going on.
Clocking in at under $2 a pop, Wet n Wild MegaLast Lip Color is the cheap thrill of our dreams. Not only is it inexpensive, but it’s also really good, with a velvety semi-matte texture and serious staying power. Buy one for the price, buy the rest for the above and beyond quality.
The shea butter in CoverGirl Colorlicious Lipstick gives all 36 shades their smooth, creamy texture, which is especially perfect when paired with the glorious full-coverage color this lipstick also imparts.
Good, inexpensive matte formulas are hard to come by, but Milani Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipstick is the best we’ve tried. Never drying, never chalky, it’s the perfect budget choice for a finish that looks way more luxe than its price belies.